For many kids on Halloween, picking costumes, decorating pumpkins, and having special treats brings joy. In order to keep everyone safe during the COV ID-19 pandemic, some Halloween traditions will look different this year. There are still several ways, however, that families can have fun while preventing the scare of being exposed to the virus or spreading it.
Also, avoiding the following activities to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
drinking alcohol and using other drugs that can make unhealthy decisions for you
festivals in rural areas outside your community
hayrides or tractor rides with people you don’t live with
indoor costume parties with a lot of people
indoor haunted houses
Parking lot gatherings where sweets are given out from vehicle trunks
The good news is there are ways to celebrate Halloween without putting yourself or others at risk.
Halloween Decorations At Home
Fill your living room with all things creepy, in order to get into the holiday spirit. A safe way to get into the spooky spirit might also be to decorate the home.
Virtual Halloween costume Parties & Parades
Halloween lovers can still show off their costumes. Using video chats for an online party with friends and family and watch costumes and play games. Have some fun doing it! Outdoor costume parades are another choice if it is possible for everyone to remain at least 6 feet apart and to wear fabric face covers.
Remember: Do not wear a costume mask over a protective cloth mask because breathing can be hard. It might be best to stick to only a Halloween-themed cloth mask.
Have a Halloween Movie Night
Celebrate the evening with a movie and dress up as your favorite characters. Do this as a family at home, or suggest making your child watch a video chat with friends, with everyone beginning a movie at the same time.
That's one tradition of Halloween that is as safe and enjoyable as ever. As always, just be careful to prevent accidents from pumpkin carving. With markers, children may draw a face. Parents will do the cutting then. Consider placing a battery-operated light inside rather than an open-flame candle when the carving is finished. Roast pumpkin seeds for a nutritious snack!
Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Have a scavenger hunt with your family members in or around your home rather than going around the neighborhood house to house in a typical scavenger hunt.
Make some fun treats for Halloween as a family. For example, decorate a pizza with toppings in the form of a jack-o'-lantern. Make sure the treats are not a choking hazard if you have children under the age of 3.
To Sum It Up
Halloween is an opportunity for you and your kids to get imaginative during the COVID-19 pandemic, and maybe even create some new rituals for your family! Flexibility and a positive spirit are also a great opportunity to model. Your kids will have fun too if you're excited and make it fun.
More importantly, now is a good time to teach kids the value of protecting not only themselves, but also others. Beyond our own families, the choices we make on this day will have a ripple effect. Magical memories can be generated by discovering safe ways of celebrating.